Somehow I don’t think she’ll grow up to be a Greenwich Magazine subscriber



January 31, 2013 · 9:11 am

41 responses to “Somehow I don’t think she’ll grow up to be a Greenwich Magazine subscriber

  1. ajnock

    Incongruous, eh? I figure the little girl lives in TX and some libtard relative from NYC or SF sent her the hoodie for her birthday.

  2. Cos Cobber

    Remember the young boy – perhaps 12 – who accidently killed himself with an automatic weapon like this a couple years ago at a shooting range in MA? He lost control of the weapon and the barrel rolled up into his face.

    A child at this age should be limited to just shotguns and rifles, no hand guns and high capacity assualt weapons. Its way premature.

    • I tend to agree, CC, and I do remember that awful incident in Springfield. But at the risk of sounding just a wee bit harsh, my headline did say that I doubted she’d grow up to be a GM subscriber.

    • Anonymous

      Recipe for making an assault weapon:
      Take any gun and add one liberal.

    • Anonymous

      She is handling it very well, but Police State Nanny is werry werry scared. Why she might grow up to be a free thinking, self-empowered, independent individual capable of critical thinking. Can’t have that.

      Nor should children be allowed to ski fast, skateboard on roads, ride dirtbikes, sail when it’s windier than 8 knots, play with model rockets, swim in the deep end of the pool, swim anywhere but a pool with a lifeguard…… they need to be taught dependence and obedience to the state at an early age …. says Police State Nanny

      • Cos Cobber

        you’re off the deepend. stop signs must piss you off because the state commands you to stop and you dont want too.

    • D

      Sorry CC, I disagree completely. Take a close look at this picture and you’ll see a large guy standing behind her with his hand on her shoulder. A child of any age should be able to have fun learning to use firearms responsibly. A child of this size should have someone behind her holding her to help absorb the recoil – just as shown. This picture is not only fun, but a great example of responsible use of a firearm. I haven’t heard of the MA incident, but that sounds like a pretty awful example of irresponsible parenting.

      • Cos Cobber

        D, I’m completely unimpressed about the parent in the background.

        • Okay, so we’ll put you down on the “don’t give semi-automatic weapons to his kids for Christmas” list, shall we?

        • Cos Cobber

          Correct. I started out with a shotgun when I was 12 or so and that was plenty to teach about firearms and safety. I was never given more than two shells at a time until I was a little older.

          This notion of kids ripping off 20 bullet clips with semi auto weapons is all about the parents getting their photo jollies and their delusions of x and y (fill in the blanks – many fit) and not based in any plausible and reasonable notion of safety and respect.

          • You’re dead wrong, CC (joke). Kids love blasting rifles and properly handled, safe, so I let them do it when they were young. That’s my children – your decision is of course, entirely your business.

        • Cos Cobber

          CF, its not about whether its fun. The fun has nothing to do with it.

          There is a big difference between giving what looks to be a 9 year old a weapon like this and a 12 year old a 22 bolt action rifle with a 5 round clip. I’m not against the latter.

    • AJ

      In today’s society, yes, because a child is no longer brought up to be independent at age twelve. But in the eighteen hundreds, a twelve year old was an adult whereas today childhood ends in the mid to late twenties. The fact the adulthood began at age twelve in America back before modern education began is one of the main reasons that America had such a huge advantage over Europe as an economic force in the world. The founders of our country were mature individuals at that age because they had been trained to be so.

      When I was five my father gave me a broken outboard motor to rebuild; when I was finished I had about a half dozen screws and bolts left over that I couldn’t figure out where they went, and the motor still didn’t work. By the time I was twelve I bought junk motors off sunken boats and restored them to as good as new (completely self-taught). When I was seven or eight my father had me digging ditches with a jackhammer; by the time I was twelve I knew how to build a house from pouring the footing to putting the roof on, and though I was a skinny little guy I could haul wheelbarrows full of cement all day while big guys with muscles would fall on the ground from exhaustion after half an hour of doing the same.

      The fact that childhood has been extended to almost age thirty is by design to cripple and destroy America. Anyone with half a brain can be taught math and English in less than a year to be able to get a GED diploma, yet we waste twelve years, grades 1 – 12 to teach someone the same thing. Why would anyone take twelve years to accomplish something that could be done in one year? And still, about one quarter of the adult population in the US is illiterate.

      “In our dream, we have limitless resources, and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hand. The present educational conventions fade from our minds; and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or science. We are not to raise up from among them authors, orators, poets, or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians. Nor will we cherish even the humbler ambition to raise up from among them lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen, of whom we now have ample supply.”

      — Rockefeller Foundation Director of Charity, Frederick Gates, 1913

      To read more on the destructive process that is American education:

  3. Libertarian Advocate

    And in other news, RuPaul beats Piers Morgan in ratings 465K viewers to 445K.

    That ought to be a STRONG SELL SIGNAL to CNN’s new head honcho.

  4. Fred2

    _Given close supervision_, I’d argue it’s not the age of the child so much as size.

    A big strong child could handle lots more gun than someone tiny who is twice their age or more. (e.g. I know a 12 y.o. old boy who could easily handle a pistol that a 30 y.o. women I know would struggle with. BIG kid, tiny woman. Heck, even when he was 8 he could have outdone her, and they were the same size then.)

  5. Cos Cobber

    Thats great fred. And we all know kids who could drive at age 11 as well and better than many twice their age. So what.

    Its not just about physically handing the gun. Its about the emotional responsibility and being of age to truly comprend our actions.

    I believe in the second amendment and I believe its unwise to bother yound kids, regardless of physical and perceived emotional maturity to be using anything other than shotguns and rifles before 15. Its a free country – somewhat – do as you wish – just my opinion.

    • AJ

      While there have always been old people, before the modern era most people didn’t make it beyond their mid forties — just take a look at the dates on the headstones in any colonial graveyard — and it was not uncommon for people to die in their early twenties, an age by which many had already achieved considerable accomplishments. In the nanny state, 11 or 12 is an immature age by design, and anyone who shows signs of independent thinking is put on pyschotropic drugs. But before the modern era, age twelve could be considered middle aged. I remember in the first grade, I questioned how America could be a free country if the military was compulsory, and from that day on, as far as school was concerned, was always in deep shit.

      • Cos Cobber

        said by the man deathly afraid of GMO foods.

        • AJ

          I’m not deathly afraid of GMO foods, though I do try to avoid them, but can you explain why consumers don’t have a right to know and make up their own minds. Can you explain why these companies need to be protected by the government? Can you explain why Growth hormones and antibiotics in milk, creating drug resistant bacteria is a good idea? Can you explain why any research that shows negative, harmful effects of GMOs is suppressed? Can you explain why something as radical as GMOs are allowed into the environment on nothing more than that the manufacturer says not to worry? Can you explain why it’s a good idea to hide the true nature of a product from consumers and not let it compete in the market on its own merits?

          Make sure you treat all your carpets with DDT, and don’t forget to drink your radium water; don’t listen to any of those fools who think it might be bad for you:

  6. reader

    The photo of a little girl in pink with a weapon may look incongruous but remember that in many Eastern European countries, girls were taught how to use these assault weapons in high school (up until about 1992 or so when Communism fell apart). It was part of the curriculum. It was kind of like ROTC in the USA.

  7. Stanwich

    Frightening image.

    • I think she’s cute as a button and I don’t find the photo frightening at all. But then, I used to let my kids stand up and poke their heads out of my car’s sunroof-oh, the horror!

    • AJ

      Frightening image? Yeah, frightening to any pedophile — no I don’t mean you. I’ll bet she also knows how to kung fu somebody in the nuts, and if confronted, would not go quietly into the night. Teach your children well.

  8. Libertarian Advocate

    I remember that in the 1980s I had a tee shirt with the legend: Peace Through Superior Firepower

    That graphic is an astonishing restatement of the principle.

  9. Walt

    Dude –
    You are so lame. That is not a picture of a girl with a gun. THIS is a picture of a girl with a gun:

    And not only a gun, but also two fully loaded love torpedoes!

    Your Pal,

  10. John

    I would also add she’s shooting an H&K MP5k, whose delayed-blow back action is well-known to help manage recoil. By all means, adult supervision and safe handling are a must – but this weapon is much more controllable than the Uzi that was involved in the MA tragedy.

  11. Anonymous

    Idiots. Look at the size of the hands. It is not a kid. Probably down on one knee as well.

  12. Cos Cobber

    Then I would say where you come from your women are small.

  13. prosperityfollowsdynamite

    I understand that the juxtaposition of pastel peace signs with a machine gun is humorous, but there is nothing funny about this photo, real or not. Cos Cobber is completely correct- this is pure stupidity and irresponsible. A child is too small to control a HK MP-5 or any submachine gun for that matter. Seriously, PLEASE do not allow your child to do this. Even with someone standing close behind her this is a serious MISTAKE. She is wincing, leaning backward when she should be leaning forward into the muzzle rise. She is in MORTAL danger as is the man standing behind her and those in the line.
    After proper instruction, a Chipmunk .22, five bucks of ammo and a bunch of cans will provide a great afternoon of fun and a lesson on responsibility for any kid.

  14. FlyAngler

    This is for Jack Moffley regarding his kindred spirit Joe Biden:

  15. David Smith

    I think the photo was partially photoshopped. The only way to get that pattern on the jacket is either an incredible (but w two errors) photoshopping OR stamping the fabric BEFORE the jacket is made.

    About the weapon. Must be on full automatic. There is no other way to get that many cartridges in the air at once.

    Non of the cartridges have tumbled so we can see the dark interior (possible, but statistically unlikely).

    The bolt on the weapon is completely closed. (possible but statistically unlikely)

    The cartridges are showing motion, but nothing else about the little girl or the weapon is fuzzy. Something doesn’t match the laws of physics. Only possible explanation is a particular set of focusing settings of some kind.